The EU condemns the attack and announces “massive sanctions” against Russia


  • “We are not going to allow Putin to replace the rule of law with the rule of force,” warns the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

  • The European Commission announces that it will propose to EU leaders a package of massive sanctions to hit the Kremlin and its ability to finance the war in Ukraine

Not even twelve hours have passed since the European Union approved the first round of sanctions against the regime from Vladimir Putin aiming at its narrowest circle by acknowledging the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk. But the military attack launched this morning by Russia on Ukraine forces the West to act again and to do so urgently and with all the arsenal of sanctions it has in store. “We are facing an unprecedented act of aggression by the Russian leadership against a sovereign and independent country. Russia’s objective is not only Ukraine, but stability in Europe and the international peace order, and we hold President Putin responsible. Today we will present a package of massive sanctions for approval by European leaders”, announced the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenin a brief appearance before the extraordinary meeting of the College of Commissioners.

Given the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine, the President of the European Council, Charles Michaelyesterday called a emergency summit in Brussels for this Thursday from 20 pm. On the table the Heads of State and Government of the EU they will have the “massive and devastating” sanctions package in which Brussels has been working for weeks to isolate Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. “We will target strategic sectors of the Russian economy, blocking access to technologies and markets that are key to Russia & rdquor ;, its economic base and its capacity for modernization, explained Von der Leyen accompanied by the head of European diplomacy, Joseph Borrell, which has also emphasized that they will be the “toughest & rdquor; imposed by the EU.

The aim of the new package, which they are preparing in close coordination with United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and Australia and that arrives less than twelve hours later to adopt the first, is to “weaken the economy” Russia, hitting the interests of the Kremlin and its ability to finance the war. For this, there will be a freezing of Russian assets in the European Union and they will prevent Russian banks from accessing European financial markets. “President Putin is trying to turn back the clock to the times of the Russian Empire, but by doing so, he is putting the future of the Russian people at risk & rdquor ;, Von der Leyen warned, again urging Putin to withdraw its troops from the territory of Ukraine and warning that “we are not going to allow Putin to replace the rule of law with the rule of force & rdquor ;.

the darkest hours

Despite the “unprecedented efforts” made in recent weeks by the international community to achieve a diplomatic solution to the security crisis caused by the Kremlin, “Russia has not reciprocated these efforts and, instead, has only opted for a serious and premeditated escalation, which leads to war”, lamented the head of European diplomacy. In his opinion, Europe is facing “the darkest hours since the end of the Second World War & rdquor; because “a major nuclear power has attacked a neighboring country and is threatening any other state that might come to its rescue with retaliation.”

It is not just “the greatest violation of international law & rdquor; but “of the most basic principles of human coexistence & rdquor; and the EU “will respond in the strongest possible way & rdquor ;, with the “toughest sanctions & rdquor; never started. “This is not a question of blocs, of diplomatic games, it is a question of life or death and the future of our international community & rdquor ;, he added, announcing urgent aid to Ukraine and the activation of evacuation operations in the areas affected by the attacks. , including European staff.

In addition to the extraordinary summit in Brussels, the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has also called an emergency meeting of the Atlantic Council. “I strongly condemn Russia’s reckless attack on Ukraine, which puts countless civilian lives at risk. This is a serious violation of international law and a serious threat to Euro-Atlantic security. NATO allies will meet to address Russia’s renewed aggression & rdquor ;.

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Allied countries have agreed to hold consultations under Article 4 of the NATO Treatyinvoked by the Baltic republics, Romania and Poland among others, and which allows consultations on military matters when the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened & rdquor ;.

The leaders of the political groups of the European Parliament also hold an emergency meeting this Thursday called by its president, Roberta Metzola. “In these dark hours, our thoughts are with Ukraine and the innocent women, men and children who face this unprovoked attack and fear for their lives. We will hold the Kremlin to account,” he said in a message on social media.



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